Readers, We need your feedback: Cover the Edmonds City Council communications meeting, or let them work it out in peace?
There’s no way to sugarcoat this. At times, the Edmonds City Council has had difficulty getting along — with each other, and with staff.
As a result, the council has hired a consultant — Jim Reid of the Falconer Group — to conduct a workshop on council/staff communications. That meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, from 8:30 a.m.-noon in the Brackett Room, third floor of City Hall.
Since it is a public meeting, it is open to the public. And the media. But because it is being held in the Brackett Room, the meeting is not accessible for city videotaping, which is only available in the Council chambers.
My Edmonds News was asked by a few citizens if we were planning to cover this meeting. We are considering the possibility of videotaping it ourselves, which we have every right as a media outlet to do. We believe this is preferable to taking notes and writing a story, because it would provide a clear picture — without interpretation — of the process. In addition, there are no microphones in the Brackett Room, so it’s not always easy for members of the audience to hear the discussion.
However, there are those who think the council would be better off to conduct this process as privately as possible in a public meeting setting — that councilmembers won’t be as open with each other if they know the meeting is being taped. This sentiment has been expressed not only by at least one councilmember, but also by a citizen who usually never misses a meeting.
So, what do you say, My Edmonds News readers? We will take your feedback into consideration as we make our decision.
Teresa Wippel, Publisher